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..have a great trip! (Will the girls be opening up etsy shops when you get back? They should market this cute stuff! :)


very very cute girls! I wonder if you could please tell me how to make a headband for my daughter, she will be nine June 24th. I am new to sewing, but Id love to teach her. Got any ides for us? You are a very talented gal there Audrey, and so is your mom!

Marla Taviano

Okay, Maria Von Trapp! And I suppose you made Audrey's play clothes out of the old drapes that used to hang in your bedroom! You gals are too talented for words! ^I agree with Stacy--they should set up shop!

I took the girls to JoAnn, etc. a couple days ago to get fabric for their basement playroom (I'm stapling it up to cover the pipes.), and Livi said, "I want to learn how to sew!" Some girls (Audrey and Emma) have all the luck when it comes to cool crafty moms!


Way to go Audrey! You could certainly teach me a thing or two about sewing!


cute and cute!

(the bedspread had problems before you cut it up right? likes holes or somethin', right? because it is seriously cute!)


Hi Joanne,

I just finished reading your book, Living Simply (which I though was very insightful and useful)saw your blog address at the end and here I am.

One of my favorite quotes is: "Living simply involves intention and purpose. It requires focus. It looks beyond the task at hand to the purpose behind it."

The clothes you and your daughter made are great. You are very talented. I would love to be able to write and sew.

I'm a Christian mom too. And I also have girls(5,10,14).
You know this is little strange writing to the author of the book you just read and reading her blog and looking at pictures of her children, her house, her life.

Thank you for sharing your talents.

God Bless.

Erin S.

Audrey's very talented! Have a lovely time at the lake.

Holly Smith

Have fun friend! Praying for your time, your safety and all around fun!!

I think there is a special gene fore that kind of and Audrey have it...I have the whining, crooked seam gene :)
Love ya!Talk with you on the phone when you get back, Ok?


bonnes vacances !!
les tenues que tu as cousu pour tes filles sont géniales ! and what about this swimsuit cover ! what a brilliant idea , it looks fabulous !!! and you're modelling it so well !

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